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Top Performing Stocks For 2019

The S&P 500 is up nearly 7% year-to-date, but the average stock in the index is up just 5.70%. This means the largest stocks in the cap-weighted index are outperforming the smallest names. Even still, two-thirds of the stocks in the S&P are up year-to-date, while 35% of stocks are up more than 10%. Seventy stocks are up more than 20%, while just 25 are up more than 30%.

Below is a list of the 30 best performing S&P 500 stocks year-to-date. As shown, Vertex Pharma (NASDAQ:VRTX) is up the most with a gain of 55%, followed by Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Arconic (NYSE:ARNC), CSX and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX). Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) a Bespoke Model Portfolio name ranks 7th best with a gain of 40.8%, while Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) another Bespoke Model Portfolio name ranks 18th with a gain of 31.7%. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) ranks just behind ADBE at 31.68%. As the largest stock in the world with a market cap of just under $800 billion, Apples gain this year has been a huge contributor to the cap-weighted S&P 500. Another mega-cap tech name thats up more than 30% YTD is Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). Coach (NYSE:COH) may be the most surprising name on the list in the 29th spot, given the pain that retail stocks have gone through. But remember, since Coach is a retailer that has its own brand, its not part of our Death By Amazon (DBA) index of retailers that rely mostly on third party brands. Thats where the real pain is.

Top Performing Stocks For 2019: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Rosevear]

    Of course, Intel’s decision might depend on whether other major automakers with advanced self-driving programs, like General Motors (NYSE:GM), choose to join the Alliance. We’ll see how this plays out — but either way, if you’re eyeing investment opportunities in and around the race to deploy self-driving vehicles, I think it’s worth putting Aquantia on your radar.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The industry uses a five-level scale to measure autonomous vehicle capabilities.

    Level Zero — No Automation:The driver performs all tasks. Level One — Driver Assistance:Vehicle assists with features like adaptive cruise control, which can slow down the car according to traffic, or lane keep assist, which keeps the car inside highway lanes. However, the driver still must be in control of the car. Level Two — Partial Automation:At level two, the car can help control speed and steering, helping with spacing in between cars and centering in lanes. Some examples of level two automation includeTeslaautopilot,VolvoPilot Assist, andAudiTraffic Jam Assist. Level Three — Conditional Automation:Representing the next forefront in AV technology, level three vehicles can operate themselves under ideal conditions such as limited access highways. A driver is still required to be behind the wheel of a level-three vehicle, but they can take their hands off of it. Level Four — High Automation:At level four, vehicles can drive themselves without human interaction. Waymo,Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle division, has developed and is now testing level-four vehicles on both closed-track environments and public roads that can drive themselves in most conditions, and has now logged more than 5 million miles, making it the leader. Uber, meanwhile, has racked up 2 million miles as of December 2017. Level Five — Full Automation:At level five, a vehicle can drive itself on known and unknown roads and doesn’t require any human input. Such vehicles can operate under any road conditions and since they don’t need human input, they will be designed without steering wheels and pedals. Below isGeneral Motors'(NYSE:GM) Cruise AV, a fully autonomous model without a steering wheel or pedals that the company hopes to deploy next year.

    General Motors’ Cruise AV, which it hopes to deploy in 2019, does not have a steering wheel or pedals. Image sou

  • [By Keith Noonan, Chris Neiger, and Daniel Miller]

    To help our readers identify investments that offer protection against a potential downturn, as well as avenues to substantial capital appreciation, we put together a panel of Motley Fool investors and asked each member propose a stock they think presents long-term opportunity at a relative bargain price today, and to shed some light on why. Their picks: IBM (NYSE:IBM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX).

  • [By John Rosevear]

    Shares of General Motors (NYSE:GM) soared on Thursday after GM revealed that an important technology-investment fund controlled by Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Group (NASDAQOTH:SFTBF) has agreed to invest $2.25 billion in GM’s self-driving subsidiary.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    On this day nine years ago, General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    Where The Market Was

    The Dow closed at 8,721.44. The S&P 500 traded at around 942.87. Today, the Dow is trading at 24,415.84 and the S&P 500 is trading at 2,705.27.

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    But what investors are overlooking are the fundamental risks to this logic. Corporate earnings are the lifeblood of the market, keep in mind. Higher oil prices have already translated into higher gas prices, which is a key risk to automakers such as Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) that have pivoted big-time to producing SUVs and trucks. Higher oil prices have already taken a toll on earnings for packaged food giants like Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Tyson Foods (TSN) . Now, each are staring at consumer price increases because it costs more to deliver their products to stores.

Top Performing Stocks For 2019: Camden Property Trust(CPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report released on Thursday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT) by 8.0% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 291,582 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 21,627 shares during the period. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. owned approximately 0.31% of Camden Property Trust worth $24,545,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cryptaur (CURRENCY:CPT) traded up 2.6% against the US dollar during the 1-day period ending at 10:00 AM ET on June 14th. Cryptaur has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $255,998.00 worth of Cryptaur was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last seven days, Cryptaur has traded 2.4% higher against the US dollar. One Cryptaur token can now be purchased for $0.0042 or 0.00000065 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including HitBTC and LATOKEN.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Swiss National Bank reduced its position in Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT) by 5.8% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 451,000 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 28,000 shares during the quarter. Swiss National Bank’s holdings in Camden Property Trust were worth $37,965,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Camden Property Trust to Post Q3 2018 Earnings of $1.19 Per Share, DA Davidson Forecasts (CPT) (americanbankingnews.com) Camden Property Trust Forecasted to Earn FY2019 Earnings of $4.99 Per Share (CPT) (americanbankingnews.com) Camden Property Trust’s (CPT) CEO Ric Campo on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com) Edited Transcript of CPT earnings conference call or presentation 4-May-18 3:00pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com) Camden: 1Q Earnings Snapshot (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several research firms have commented on CPT. BTIG Research increased their price target on shares of Camden Property Trust to $93.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Camden Property Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. TheStreet lowered shares of Camden Property Trust from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Sandler O’Neill set a $97.00 price target on shares of Camden Property Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $94.00 price target on shares of Camden Property Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 12th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $90.64.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT) announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, June 15th, RTT News reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 29th will be given a dividend of 0.77 per share by the real estate investment trust on Tuesday, July 17th. This represents a $3.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 28th.

Top Performing Stocks For 2019: Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.(PSTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MNTA) and Pluristem Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PSTI) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:PSTI) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the six brokerages that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $4.00.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top Performing Stocks For 2019: PVH Corp.(PVH)

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    In the mid-level, Boss said that Urban Outfitters (URBN) is recovering, along with Kohl’s Stores (KSS) . He also liked PVH (PVH) and Lululemon Athletica (LULU) .

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Research analysts at Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on shares of PVH (NYSE:PVH) in a report released on Monday, The Fly reports. The brokerage set a “sell” rating on the textile maker’s stock.

  • [By ]

    Perhaps seeing the names of these companies begins to spark some memories. In short, clothing retailer PVH (NYSE: PVH) and beverage company Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) were taking heat over the rhetoric of a possible “Border Tax” — a tax on goods made overseas and imported and sold in the United States.

Top Performing Stocks For 2019: First Financial Northwest Inc.(FFNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) will be announcing its earnings results on Tuesday, July 24th. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of $0.26 per share for the quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on First Financial Northwest (FFNW)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on First Financial Northwest (FFNW)

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Top Performing Stocks For 2019: Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.(HST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Host Hotels & Resorts (HST)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HST) had its price objective boosted by Stifel Nicolaus from $20.50 to $21.00 in a research note published on Thursday. They currently have a buy rating on the real estate investment trust’s stock.

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The Dow Jones industrial average surged 300 points to top 21,000 for the first time, the dollar advanced and Treasuries fell as investors grew increasingly confident global economic growth is accelerating, clearing the path for higher interest rates in America.

Major lenders led gains among equities, with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. trading at all-time highs as the odds for a rate hike in two weeks swelled past 65% and President Donald Trump’s address to Congress did little to alter views that his administration will seek pro-growth policies. Industrial and energy shares also surged as the S&P 500 Index rallied the most since the day after the election.

Currencies

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index jumped 0.4%, climbing for a fourth straight day and heading for the highest level since Jan. 27.  The yen slumped 0.8% to 113.65 per dollar, for a third day of losses. The euro dropped 0.3% to $1.0550 and the British pound weakened 0.7% to $1.2291.

Best Gold Stocks For 2019: Neuberger Berman MLP Income Fund Inc.(NML)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    New Millennium Iron Corp (TSE:NML)’s share price reached a new 52-week low during trading on Monday . The stock traded as low as C$0.07 and last traded at C$0.07, with a volume of 21500 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at C$0.07.

Best Gold Stocks For 2019: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    The automotive industry looks more like the Wild Wild West than ever before. Automakers are developing ridesharing projects, Silicon Valley tech companies are developing driverless technology, and auto dealership groups are developing online selling platforms. Even Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR) has to be commended for its forward-thinking strategy acquiring Zipcar and inking partnerships with the likes of Alphabet’s Waymo, its autonomous car development company. Avis’ recent move is a smart decision, but General Motors (NYSE:GM)might end up crashing the party.

  • [By Zacks]

    Importantly, Kellogg is not the first company to exit the country. Other companies include Clorox (NYSE: CLX), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB), General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and General Motors (NYSE: GM). Though Kellogg stated that it looks forward to resume operations once conditions improve, we believe that chances are dim considering the dismal economic situation.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    General Motors (NYSE:GM) said on Monday that it will spend $175 million to retool a Michigan factory to make two upcoming new Cadillac sedans.

    Yes, sedans. While rival Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) plans to replace most of the sedan and hatchback models it sells in the U.S. with SUVs, GM is following a different path — despite the fact that Cadillac’s U.S. sedan sales fell 27% last year.

  • [By Keith Noonan, Chris Neiger, and Daniel Miller]

    To help our readers identify investments that offer protection against a potential downturn, as well as avenues to substantial capital appreciation, we put together a panel of Motley Fool investors and asked each member propose a stock they think presents long-term opportunity at a relative bargain price today, and to shed some light on why. Their picks: IBM (NYSE:IBM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) will report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.38 in EPS and revenue of $36.55 billion. Shares of GM were at $41.00 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $47.30, and the 52-week range is $31.92 to $46.76.

Best Gold Stocks For 2019: CubeSmart(CUBE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DigiCube (CURRENCY:CUBE) traded 50.6% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 0:00 AM E.T. on June 17th. One DigiCube coin can now be purchased for $0.0001 or 0.00000001 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. DigiCube has a market capitalization of $157,100.00 and approximately $21,384.00 worth of DigiCube was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last seven days, DigiCube has traded 38% lower against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DigiCube (CUBE) uses the hashing algorithm. It launched on March 12th, 2016. DigiCube’s total supply is 2,429,126,009 coins. DigiCube’s official Twitter account is @PurePoS. DigiCube’s official website is www.freestaking.com.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    DigiCube (CURRENCY:CUBE) traded 0.4% lower against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 13:00 PM E.T. on May 25th. DigiCube has a total market cap of $363,954.00 and approximately $783.00 worth of DigiCube was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last week, DigiCube has traded 0.6% higher against the US dollar. One DigiCube coin can currently be purchased for $0.0001 or 0.00000002 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges.

Best Gold Stocks For 2019: Alpine Total Dynamic Dividend Fund(AOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Alpine Total Dynamic Div (NYSE:AOD) by 14.1% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 101,451 shares of the investment management company’s stock after acquiring an additional 12,551 shares during the period. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. owned 0.09% of Alpine Total Dynamic Div worth $906,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now

Citigroup’s Alastair Syme and team argue that the earnings from big oil companies like Chevron (CVX), Total (TOT) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) will be bad…real bad. But that won’t stop the stocks from outperforming. They explain why:

Bloomberg News

Negative headlines, positive performance: We expect the majority of Big Oil companies to post negative 1Q16 earnings, a brutal headline, but one that clearly reflects the impact of cyclical oil price lows this quarter. The outlook can improve. Our positive thesis on the Big Oil group reflects a belief that the market still only discounts modest oil recovery we think c. $40/bbl is imbedded in valuations and a view that the group can drive self-help gains to boost profitability even in a low price environment. Signs of this self-help should be evident in 1Q operating performance: we expect to see the delivery of top-line growth (taking market share versus broader industry) and a continued reduction in operating costs, building on substantial cost-cutting through 2015.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.(CFR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Wintergreen Fund’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Wintergreen+Fund

    These are the top 5 holdings of Wintergreen FundReynolds American Inc (RAI) – 1,643,159 shares, 24.5% of the total portfolio. Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co (CTO) – 1,232,334 shares, 15.61% of the total portfolio. British American Tobacco PLC (BATS) – 782,405 shares, 12.29% of the total portfolio. Cie Financiere Richemont SA (CFR) – 286,053 shares, 5.35% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 15.57%Altria Group Inc (MO) – 305,421

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week: Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. (NYSE: CFR), Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) and Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL).

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Ingles Markets Incorporated(IMKTA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Not all grocers will suffer from Amazon’s growing reach, but those who sell to high-income customers in the top 25 U.S. markets may see their business erode. Among those names include Costco (COST) , Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (WFM) , which have the most to lose according to Barclays. On the other hand, Walmart (WMT) , Sam’s Club (owned by Walmart) and Ingle’s Markets (IMKTA)  have the least to lose.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Invesco Municipal Opportunity Trust(VMO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Invesco Van Kampen Municpl Opprtnty Trst (NYSE:VMO) declared a monthly dividend on Tuesday, April 3rd, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, April 17th will be paid a dividend of 0.0554 per share by the investment management company on Monday, April 30th. This represents a $0.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 16th.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: MarketAxess Holdings, Inc.(MKTX)

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    This is why I’m bullish on a company that promises to mitigate the liquidity issues facing the bond market. The company is MarketAxess (Nasdaq: MKTX).

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    MarketAxessHoldings (NASDAQ:MKTX)reported first-quarter results on April 26. The electronic trading platform is enjoying strong gains in revenue and profits as it continues to take share of the massive global fixed-income market.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Targa Resources, Inc.(TRGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell by 0.37 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Targa Resources Corp (NYSE: TRGP), down 3 percent, and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 2 percent.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Christopher & Banks Corporation(CBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) got a boost, shooting up 24 percent to $1.50 after the company reported strong preliminary revenue for the third quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) shares were also up, gaining 40 percent to $2.64. Christopher & Banks reported a Q4 loss of $0.24 per share on revenue of $94.6 million. The company projects Q1 revenue of $93 million to $98 million.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: DRDGOLD Limited(DRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK) and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD).

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list ranks gold dividend stocks in the mining sector by dividend yield. And it also includes one of our top gold stock recommendations of 2017…

    Gold Dividend Stock Share Price Year-to-Date Performance Dividend Yield (as of June 30)
    DRDGOLD Ltd. (NYSE ADR: DRD) $3.19 -39.7% 10.24%
    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $4.70 -33.4% 5.98%
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.62 -26.7% 4.56%
    Gold Fields Limited (NYSE ADR: GFI) $3.41 +13.3% 2.73%
    Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $87.68 +14.9% 1.89%
    Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $72.39 +21.1% 1.27%
    Royal Gold Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLD) $76.85 +21.3% 1.25%
    Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) $2.58 -19.9% 1.16%
    Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) $15.90 -0.5% 0.75%
    Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) $13.02 -4.4% 0.62%

    Six of the 10 gold stocks listed above have posted negative returns so far in 2017. The main reason behind their losses has to do with gold price volatility.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 12 percent, and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD), down 7 percent.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) on Thursday posted U.S. February sales of 220,905 vehicles, a decrease of 6.9% compared with February 2017. Retail deliveries plummeted 10.5% in the month to 168,971 units and fleet deliveries rose to 23.5% for the month, up three percentage points year over year.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    U.S. automotive stocks moved higher after China’s announcement on lowering vehicle tariffs. Shares of Ford Motor Co.(NYSE: F), General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM), and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV(Nasdaq: FCAU) all rallied more than 2% in pre-market hours. Markets will be looking for answers in a major shakeup that occurred during the later part of the trading session on Monday. The FBI raided U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer’s office in Manhattan. According to NBC News, the FBI is seeking any evidence tied to a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. Trump called the raid an “attack on our country.” Gold prices popped nearly $2.00 in pre-market hours to $1,342.00 per ounce. Investors remain cautious about ongoing geopolitical tensions around the globe. Even though the United States and China may be on the verge of a major trade breakthrough, geopolitical tensions remain high in the Middle East and in Russia. In fact, Money MorningResource Specialist Peter Krauth argues that the current situation is playing out to create a massive profit opportunity for gold investors in the months ahead. See his latest gold price forecast right here.
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  • [By Daniel Miller]

    In one of the bigger moves the automotive industry has seen in recent years, General Motors (NYSE:GM) had previously been reported to be in advanced talks with PSA Group to sell its long-struggling and unprofitable European operations. Both groups agreed to be in talks last week, but it appears there might be a little snag: pensions.

  • [By Jack Foley]

    Compare Tesla’s US story with the likes of Ford (NYSE:F)which mass produces its smaller cars in Mexico to avail of cheaper labor. Trump has already stated that he will slap an import tax on US manufacturers when they bring their cars back to the US for resale. If Trump is true to his word and this indeed takes place, this has to be good for the likes of Tesla. Remember, Tesla will have strong competition in EV’s from the likes of General Motors (NYSE:GM)and Ford in the next few years. So any edge Tesla can gain over its competitors will be grabbed with both hands.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Alas, we have a lot of Ebenezer Scrooges out there in corporate America that either dont pay dividends at all or dont pay nearly enough of them. Realistically, not every company can be a dividend-paying powerhouse. Cyclical companies like General Motors Company (GM) or Ford Motor Company (F) have wildly erratic businesses and need to keep a little extra cash on hand for the lean years. (Of course, even then, weak share prices have made the pair of them look generous via nearly 5% yields.)

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: The Middleby Corporation(MIDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Middleby Corp (NASDAQ: MIDD) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $515.56 million.

    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.70 per share on revenue of $360.22 million.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Allied Motion Technologies, Inc.(AMOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap precision and specialty motion control stock Allied Motion Technologies (NASDAQ: AMOT) as a possible long position:

More Big Companies Beat Projections, But Wall Street Appears To Still Struggle

Companies keep churning out impressive earnings, but the market doesn’t seem to give them much credit. Instead, fear and caution remain the watchwords as the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) enters Wednesday on a five-session losing streak.

Morning Earnings Wrap

Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) became the latest member of the $DJI 30 to smash Wall Street analysts’ projections early Wednesday, firing up earnings per share of $3.64 vs. analysts’ consensus of $2.56. Revenue of $23.38 billion was more than $1 billion ahead of the $22.2 billion analysts had expected, and the company also raised its outlook. Strength in the commercial air division helped BA project a healthy sales picture.

Also on the earnings front, Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) topped analysts’ earnings projections and reported the second profitable quarter in the company’s history. It also handed out some bullish guidance and said daily active users grew 10 percent. The tech reporting season continues after the close when Facebook (FB) presents its Q1 results and tomorrow with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT).

It’s unclear whether any of the earnings momentum will spill into stocks today as the futures market came under pressure before the opening bell. Stocks overseas followed the U.S. lower after Tuesday’s big sell-off, with a key European index down about 1 percent.

Market Psychology Ruling the Day?

The hunt for 3 percent ended Tuesday as the 10-year yield reached that benchmark level. Soon after, stocks started to take a beating and sharply reversed early gains. At one point, the $DJI stumbled more than 600 points before recovering about one-third of those losses by the end of the day. Concerns about higher borrowing costs and rising commodity prices may be playing into the pressure.

Wall Street also appears to be grappling with a few psychological issues. Most notably, there’s trepidation around that 3 percent yield number, which didn’t hold for long Tuesday but remains within close range.  It definitely seems to be hurting the home builders, whose shares sold off despite strong housing and consumer confidence data this week. The fear is that some people might hear about higher rates and decide not to buy a house after all. Home builders are dealing with something that’s more of a psychological factor than a reality factor, as “3 percent” was made out to be the boogeyman of the markets. Historically, though, it’s not all that high.

Another psychological element is the idea touted by some analysts about earnings starting to peak. This might have been exacerbated by Dow component Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) post-earnings conference call in which executives described the Q1 as a “high water mark.” Despite what some analysts called “phenomenal” earnings from the big machine maker, CAT shares fell more than 6 percent. Here we see the power of a conference call. This stock was higher before the call, but the remark led to immediate selling as some investors seemed to interpret the language as CAT saying it can’t get any better than this. However, the remark might not have come out as the company had intended.

More proof that one negative metric can hold back a big company’s stock surfaced with Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Tuesday. Though the company reported a powerful quarter, the stock got stuffed as investors and analysts seemed focused more on higher-than-expected capital expenditures.

The "P" and the "E" in P/E

What it all comes down to is a certain level of confusion, which could hang around for a while. There seems to be a repricing of equities going on and despite this being an incredible earnings season so far, stock prices keep going down. The price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple remains a key factor to watch. “E” keeps getting higher and “P” keeps getting lower. People just don’t seem to be inclined to pay the same “P” any longer. It’s unclear where this might go, and sometimes these things take six to 12 months to sort themselves out. We’re right in the middle of it now.

Anyone looking for a silver lining might want to check out how VIX, the market’s most closely watched volatility indicator, acted during the last hours of the day. If you look closely, you’d see that it pulled back a bit in the last part of the session from intraday highs above 19.

Next Up: Autos

Attention could shift to the automotive sector when Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) reports after the close today and General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) issues results before the open Thursday. There’s a truckload (pardon the expression) of things to consider ahead of not just these two behemoths but also Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), which according to the company’s web site reports May 2.

First, Ford is embarking on a huge program to save $14 billion, but, like all car companies, faces pressure to ignite its research and development (R&D) efforts to keep up with advances in electric and autonomous cars. At this point, F, which has lower margins than GM, is actually spending more money on R&D than its Detroit counterpart. Anyone who’s long F should consider listening to the company’s earnings call to see if there’s more clarity on where those savings might come from, and what they’re going to chop if it’s not R&D. At this point, one school of thought suggests that F is spending too much and not getting enough bang for its buck, but perhaps we’ll learn more Wednesday.

A question for GM, and maybe the U.S. auto industry as a whole, is what’s happening in China. Not long ago, 50 percent of GM’s revenue came from China, but now that’s below 40 percent. The company has closed some plants there. Is the Chinese market not growing at the pace we thought, or is Buick getting less popular over there? It seems unlikely that the latter would be true, so perhaps there’s something about the former that GM might address in its call, and, if that’s the case, might be something other U.S. car companies also have to address.

TSLA doesn’t report until next week, but there may be questions for the company about its own R&D after an analyst note came out recently speculating about TSLA’s development costs. Some analysts doubt if TSLA can achieve the Model 3 production it’s promised in the time frame the company has forecast. TSLA announced two temporary Model 3 plant shutdowns last week but said the shutdowns had been planned.

Though TSLA’s cars don’t need it, crude oil comes under a microscope this week as President Trump holds meetings in the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron. The Iran nuclear agreement is a key topic.

chart_4_251.jpg FIGURE 1: HOW THINGS CHANGE. The tech sector (candlestick) and financial sector (purple line), mapped here over the last year, led the charge through much of 2017 and right into the first month of 2018. Since then, these two former leaders have seemed to lose their way, and that’s one possible reason the market lacks direction.  Data source: S&P Dow Jones Indices. Chart source: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade. For illustrative purposes only. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Buyers Pay Up in Chicago

Some call Chicago, “The most American city.” That may or may not be the case, but the city’s real estate market in March seemed to reflect some of the broader American trends in housing. Existing home prices rose more than 5 percent nationwide last month, and in the city of Chicago prices hit an all-time high median of $314,000, according to Illinois Association of Realtors. That was up more than 6 percent from a year earlier. However, total sales around the country fell more than 1 percent year-over-year, and Chicago’s market also saw less turnover, with the number of sales falling more than 10 percent. In sum, Chicago seemed to be a microcosm of a housing market characterized by rising prices and falling supplies. That might sound like a good opportunity for home builders, but rising mortgage rates raise question marks.

ECB Up Next

One thing that’s arguably helped hold back U.S. yields is lower yields in Europe and Japan. However, the European Central Bank (ECB) has been removing some stimulus and meets again this week. An update is due Thursday morning. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) seems inclined to stay put with its current accommodation, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda told CNBC in a recent interview, saying “risks are skewed to the downside” in Japan’s economy. 

GDP Time Already?

Earnings grab most of the headlines this week, but don’t forget to watch Friday for the government’s first read on Q1 gross domestic product. The report is due out before the opening bell and could give investors a sense of whether the economy continued its solid run that started in Q2 of last year. The consensus among analysts is that things slowed down a bit between January and March, to around 2.1 percent, Briefing.com said. That’s down from the final Q4 read of 2.9 percent, which marked the third-consecutive quarter of growth around 3 percent. Typically, GDP is closely watched but doesn’t tend to move the market unless it comes in well above or below expected levels. The government does get two more cracks at the ball, so this isn’t the final word.

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Upcoming Earnings: Industrial Conglomerate GE Reports Friday Morning

Industrial conglomerate General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is scheduled to report earnings before market open on Friday, Apr. 20.

CEO John Flannery has faced plenty of challenges since he took over in August 2017, working to streamline the massive company and improve transparency. In recent quarters, GE’s issues have been numerous and well publicized.

In the time that Flannery has been at the helm, GE has halved its dividend; it took a surprise $6.2 billion after-tax charge in Q4 2017 related to GE Capital’s insurance portfolio, while adding $15 billion to its reserves  for future payouts over the next seven years; and recently restated 2016 and 2017 financials, reducing earnings by $0.30 per share. The restated financials also included adjustments related to pensions, cash flows and income taxes.

Clearly, the company’s turnaround efforts, which include a multi-year plan to improve GE Power as well as exiting more than $20 billion worth of business over the next several years, are going to take time.

There have been some signs of progress from Flannery’s plan so far. When GE reported Q4 2017 results, it generated $9.7 billion in adjusted cash flow from operating activities for fiscal 2017, compared to guidance of $7 billion.

Since announcing plans to exit $20 billion in business, it has sold its industrial solution business in a $2.6 billion deal to ABB (ABB) and recently announced a $1.05 billion deal to sell healthcare IT businesses to private equity firm Veritas.  And Bloomberg reported that several companies are considering a bid for GE’s Jenbacher unit for more than $3 billion.

On tomorrow’s calls, analysts are likely to be digging in to get a better idea of restructuring progress.

GE Earnings

For Q1 2018, GE is expected to report adjusted EPS of $0.11 on revenue of $27.88 billion, according to third-party consensus estimates. In Q4 2017, revenue missed estimates, coming in at $31.4 billion versus expectations for $32.7 billion, and earnings also came up short by a penny at $0.27 per share after removing charges and one-time items.

GE previously lowered its earnings guidance for all of fiscal 2018 to a range of $1.00 to $1.07, but analysts seem to think that’s a little optimistic given they have an average estimate of $0.95. Out of 17 analyst ratings, earnings estimates range from $0.87 to $1.04 per share.

GE Options Trading Activity

Around GE’s upcoming report, options traders have priced in a 4.8% share price move in either direction, according to the Market Maker Move indicator on the thinkorswim® platform. Implied volatility was at the 76th percentile as of this morning. 

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GE 1-YEAR CHART. GE shares have dropped from a 52-week high of $30.54 all the way to a new 52-week low of $12.73 on March 26. The stock has bounced a little bit off that level and has been trading around the mid-$13 range for the past few sessions. Chart source: thinkorswim® by TD Ameritrade.  Not a recommendation. For illustrative purposes only. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

In short-term trading at the Apr. 20 monthly expiration and the next several weekly expirations, a lot of the activity has been concentrated at the 14 strike for both puts and calls, just out of the money. At the May 20 expiration, trading has also been heavier at the 14-strike call, while activity on the put side has been mostly at the 13 and 14 strikes. 

Overall during yesterday’s session, trading was heavier on the call side, with a put/call ratio of 0.476.

Note: Call options represent the right, but not the obligation, to buy the underlying security at a predetermined price over a set period of time. Put options represent the right, but not the obligation to sell the underlying security at a predetermined price over a set period of time.

What’s Coming Up

Next week brings results from many of the largest companies in the tech sector:

Google-parent Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) reports after the close Monday, Apr. 23
Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) reports before market open Wednesday, Apr. 25 and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) reports after the close the same day
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) report after the close Thursday, Apr. 26

In addition to the tech-heavy week, some of the other companies on the docket are Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT), Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM). If you have time, make sure to check out today’s market update for a look at what else is going on.

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